Sunday, August 11, 2013

La Relish De Josée~

When I saw Josée's see..I knew it was going to be on my list of things to try..
One of our favorite condiments here is her red pepper jelly:)
We always have a jar on hand..
My daughter makes it all the time now too:) the recipe is here~

It is a keeper recipe..that is easy and fun to do..I prefer making it when peppers are in season..but you can make it all year long~

Back to her relish..I don't eat sweets..everyone else does..but I eat sweets BBQ's..Asian..condiments on meats..This relish is sweet..
My relish did not turn out ..her color:) Because I had yellow zucchinis and 1 green one:)
I made half her recipe..It is  so good!!
It made a large Canning jar..with a bit more for that night's dinner with Artisnal sausages..

You have to like sweet on your hot dogs or burgers..and mine looks more like that mixed relish:)
She uses green zucchinis and a touch of food coloring.
I think both would taste as good:)

La Recette~

3 lbs zucchinis..if you are using large ones.. seed them..
3 onions..cut in chunks
2 red peppers seeded and finely chopped
1/4 cup pickling salt
4 1/2 cups of sugar
2 1/2 cups vinegar
1 1/2 tsp dry mustard
1 tsp of celery seeds or celery salt
1/2 tsp ground pepper
1/2 tsp turmeric
1 tbsp water
2 tsps corn starch..

1.In a food processor   chop zucchinis ,onions and peppers.
Transfer to a large bowl.
Sprinkle coarse salt and mix well..

Let sit 1 hr stirring occasionally.
Rinse well  in cold water and drain in  a colander..

I used my jelly bag:)  to wring out the moisture.. she uses layers of is important to get most of the moistture out~By forming a bag w/ the cheesecloth or the jelly bag..:)

In a heavy bottomed pot stir the sugar ,vinegar,mustard,pepper,celery seeds or salt..turmeric.. bring to a boil..
Add the veggies and bring to a boil once again..stirring frequently.
Lower your heat and continue cooking about 15 minutes until it thickens..
Mix the cornstarch with the water..add..
Continue cooking ap 5 minutes..

Gives 4 pots of 500 ml..
To preserve... hot water bathe in boiling water  (le spa)10 minutes..

Above jar..watercolor, trying watercolor pencils..  need to blend in the lines much more..but very handy for writing.:)
PS..I found a replacement camera..Sony DSC-H50..just right for the need I had  (kids pictures ..point and shoot.)
Thanks Arlene~:)(We met through Gardenbuddies 100 yrs ago..:) )
Thanks for all your inputs..I will one day upgrade..but wanted time to see what I like..this I knew I would like..and no learning curve really:)


Have a wonderful week.
Thanks for all the inspiration with all your beautiful blogs~
I love trying your recipes~


  1. My family loves good condiments with meals, especially when they are homemade. I too like relish on the sweet side and can almost taste this on a burger. Your colors are beautiful, Monique.

  2. These look delicious!! and I love your pictures!!xo

  3. Ooooooo .... the photos are lovely!
    And I have got to try the red pepper jelly.
    I think I had some before .... it was poured over a block of cream cheese and then spread on crackers!!! Dang! Now I'm hungry!!! :-D

  4. And a wonderful week to you! Sweet watercolor and the relish looks yummy.

  5. Where did you get that lid on that canning jar?!

    1. The Crown well as this one.. have glass lids(heavy) with a metal ring..this one after streilizing etc.. still looked very old I decieded to paint the outside turquoise..left the inside intact but added cling wrap too.Makess it more appetizing:)

  6. This looks the jar, the painting...the red pepper jelly, the relish...everything!
    Makes me smile!
    L xo

  7. I think you will be happy with your camera choice. I have it also. What a sweet watercolor! The relish looks yummy, and I love the color.

    1. Debbie I wondered if that was yours?:) I am happy..the boys were over yesterday and I clicked away.Thanks!

  8. Homemade condiments are always the best. I'm not much of a sweets eater, but enjoy it from time to time. Your relish looks so pretty in the jar and as always, your paintings are beautiful. My husband is the jelly/jam eater in our family and has found a homemade raspberry jalapeno jam at our local farmer's market that he's stocked up on for the winter.

    Have a great week Monique.

  9. A delightful relish! It looks and sounds really divine. And that red pepper jelly is just irresistible.

    Happy Monday.



  10. You make so many different preserves, I like that-) When winter comes you will have a sunshine on a table-) Lovely color!


    1. This year I am..seems I was on a hiatus for a while..
      But Christine Ferber's book brought the fun back for me.
      Soemtimes all you need is a gentle encouragement .in an inspirational way~
      Like stumbling upon each others blog recipes:)
      Like your blue ice..etc:)

  11. I love having things like this relish on hand to pizazz up this, that and everything. I would probably eat it by the spoonfuls too!
    You don't need to upgrade your camera Monique, your photos are WONDERFUL!!

    1. The one I needed to replace was my point and shoot for the boys Chris:)
      The one I used for this my Oly...and I think the canon..forget which one I used for the red pepper..I really use my DSLRS more..much more.. but when I go somewhere..birthday trips..I leave the DSLRs at home..
      Thanks Chris..and you know.. yours are magnifiques:)

  12. Mmmm will try this!
    Love your watercolor by the way, and you're the cutest ever! You made me LAUGH with your comment today!! :) Thank you!!
    Hugs and love to you,
    Monica xoxo

  13. That recipe sounds delicious and your photos are beautiful.

  14. I'm so glad you found your replacement point and shoot, M! What a wonderful surprise to hear that Arlene was the one who guided you. What a wonderful surprise to hear here name again :) Yes 100 years ago, it seems.

    Another wonderful preserves recipe and beautiful also :)

    1. Arlene guided me to her own..:-) she wasn't using it anymore.
      Lovingly taken care of too.
      Thanks Susan..isn't this summer flying by..?
      I hate even saying that..but my neighbors tree has red leaves...sob.

  15. Beautiful, beautiful and beautiful! You know we have the same tastes (salty/savory, not so much sweet...) This looks like such a luscious condiment, I would be VERY happy with this!
    Thank you for sharing! (Beautiful way that you captured the light, BTW!) Dreamy...

  16. Gorgeous jars of relish! You're making us all very jealous.

  17. Josée's preserve recipes are no fail:)
    The red pepper jelly was the first I made..then I made onions last yr and now her relish..

  18. Your relish looks perfect Monique! I sure wish I didn't like sweets. I would look a lot thinner if I didn't! I will have to try the pepper jelly. It looks good too. I love your artwork. You have a unique style! It's all good. I had to get a new camera recently. It is always a steep learning curve. The older I get the harder it is! I need a good camera though because I use it several times a day every day! Love you! xxoo

  19. You got a new camera?
    I read you said yours may be tired..looking forward to hearing about it:-)